Community Service Posters
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a community service-oriented program with a business twist. SIFE partners with businesses, non-profits and educational institutions to promote free market economics by completing projects that benefit the partner organization and focuses on projects that teach business concepts, financial literacy and free market economics.

Fiscal & Physical Fitness at North Hartsville Elementary School

  • SIFE taught students the basics of nutrition and proper exercise
  • Students logged their behavior for 2 weeks and were awarded points based on proper eating and activity
  • Students used the points to purchase prizes

Kalmia Gardens
SIFE helped raise funds for Kalmia Gardens of Coker College by creating two beneficial events:

  • Oyster Roast - a fundraising dinner
  • Duck Cup - a duck race down Black Creek
Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international psychology honor society that encourages, stimulates and maintains excellence in scholarship of members and promotes the science of psychology.

Morningside Assisted Living
Psi Chi members bonded with the residents at Morningside Assisted Living by swapping stories about their lives and families. Psi Chi organized several drawings so that each resident received a prize.

Day of Compassion Service
Held one day before September 11, Psi Chi honored all local service providers in remembrance of the sacrifice of service providers during the 2001 attacks.

  • Each service organization representative received a flower
  • The mayor officially proclaimed September 10, 2010, a "Day of Compassion"
  • Psi Chi organized a reception and presentation,

Since 1924, Coker's Commissioners have welcomed freshman with great excitement. Each Commissioner is directly responsible for a group of freshmen students called a "family," helps with the personal and academic concerns of freshmen students and assists the family in adjusting to college life.

Halloween Carnival

Every Halloween, the Commissioners host a Halloween Carnival for children in the Hartsville community. The carnival is free and open to the public. At the Carnival, the children enjoyed activities, games and snacks.

Play Day

Each spring, the Coker College Department of Education hosts Play Day at Coker College in Recognition of Young Children. In 2010, Coker welcomed 650 children to campus.

Play Day:

  • celebrates childhood
  • honors young children and parents
  • promotes community service and service learning on the campus
  • promotes the importance of play for children
  • raises awareness of issues affecting young children and their families

Classes, campus organizations and local early childhood agencies and preschools are invited to participate in Play Day by sponsoring games and activities that will enable young children to gain an appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Examples of activities include soccer, arts and crafts, obstacle courses, the human bubble and relay races.

Participants: Art Club, Coker Singers, Commissioners, Dance Company, International Student Organization, Kappa Delta Pi, Math Club, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pan African Sisterhood Association, Psi Chi, Resident Hall Association, Spanish Club, STEM Club, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Tomorrow's Teachers

Pause for Paws

Pause for Paws provides opportunities for all members of the Coker community to become active supporters of the Darlington County Humane Society. The group promotes the mental well-being of students through interactions with animals and organizes fundraising activities to aid the shelter.

Pet Service Day
Pause for Paws participated in two Pet Service Days in the fall semester – October 23, 2010 and November 20, 2010. Members visited the Darlington County Humane Society and walked dogs, played with puppies and kittens and cleaned food dishes.

Angel Tree for Shelter Animals
Before Christmas Break, Pause for Paws encouraged Coker students, faculty and staff to donate money and/or supplies to the Darlington County Humane Society. This was a very successful event. The Humane Society received numerous gifts:

  • 1 dish detergent
  • 3 bottles of liquid laundry detergent
  • 6 bottles of bleach
  • 6 bottles of pet shampoo
  • 12 bags of dog/cat food
  • 20 rolls of paper towels
  • 32 pet toys
  • $150
Divinity Praise Dance Team

The Divinity Praise Dance Team promotes, encourages and demonstrates an alternative outlet for praise and adoration of Jesus Christ through dance and mime. Divinity ministers in the form of praise dancing to the Coker and Hartsville communities.

Pie the Staff
Students purchased pies to throw at a member of the faculty and staff or another student. Divinity Praise Dance Team organized Pie the Staff to raise funds for the Soup Kitchen at First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville.

Divinity raised $60+ in their efforts.

Pan African Sisterhood Association (PASA)

The Pan African Sisterhood Association provides a network of support and promotes the unity of minority women at Coker College. PASA embraces the mission of the College by ensuring its members become graduates who think analytically and creatively and write and speak effectively. PASA also promotes women's health issues and outreach to the community.

Outreach to Local Teens
To help local teens in the area, PASA reached out to the Hartsville Boys & Girls Club and the South Carolina Governor's School by organizing events in the community:

  • Ice cream socials - enabled teens to socialize in a safe and fun way
  • Teen discussions - gave teens the opportunity to ask questions about college and learn from PASA's example
  • Spa Nights - allowed teens to relax and de-stress
9/11 Day of Service

More than 140 Coker students, faculty and staff offered helping hands to Kalmia Gardens, the Darlington County Community Action Agency, the Hartsville Boys & Girls Club and Darlington County Habitat for Humanity in one of the College's largest-ever coordinated service projects on September 11, 2010.

Darlington County Community Action Agency
At the old Thornwell School, volunteers cleaned buildings and removed debris and overgrowth from the grounds to help jump start the agency's relocation plans.

Hartsville Boys & Girls Club
Coker College purchased the paint and supplies as a gift to the club and provided the labor to paint the hallway walls, floors and bathrooms.

Habitat for Humanity
Coker volunteers helped local families fulfill their dreams of home ownership by painting the interior of two newly built homes.

Kalmia Gardens
Volunteers planted flowers, created hypertufa containers, distributed pine straw, weeded, picked up trash and spread sand for the human sundial project.

The 9/11 Day of Service was an integral part of Coker's First Year Experience course, which helps first-year students adapt to the academic rigors of college, campus culture and the wider world and manage their independence.

Spanish 245 and 225

In these two upper-level Spanish courses, Professors Cathy Cuppett and Mac Williams require students to complete six hours of service learning.

Under the supervision of Valerie Smith, the ESOL Coordinator for Darlington County's public schools, students perform a variety of tasks:

  • Assisting the Spanish Club at West Hartsville Elementary School
  • Entertaining Hispanic and Latino children at Family Literacy Night at the Hartsville Public Library
  • Tutoring students with limited English proficiency (LEP) at all grade levels in many subject areas

Spanish 405
Spanish 405 is a senior-level internship for Spanish majors that must be completed without pay.

In fall 2010, Alejandra Ochoa completed 35 hours of on-site work with Valerie Smith, the ESOL Coordinator for Darlington County's Public Schools. Alejandra translated documents and tutored LEP students at Hartsville High School in many subjects. In spring 2011, Alejandra is completing a translation internship in which she translates materials for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

Crystal Cunningham is completing an internship with Ronnie Williams, the Bilingual Coordinator for Darlington County Head Start. Crystal tutors Hispanic and Latino children and helps improve communication between the students and their teachers.

Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa, chartered in 2003, is a national leadership honor society that recognizes those who exhibit a high standard of leadership in academics, athletics, journalism, performing arts and community service.

Project Linus
On November 15, 2010, ODK students handmade 14 fleece blankets and donated them to the Lexington, S.C., chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus provides a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need through the gift of handmade blankets and afghans.

Angel Tree

Coker's Angel Tree program shares Christmas joy with disadvantaged youth of Darlington County. The Coker family sponsored 100 children for Christmas 2010.

Every Christmas, Coker partners with Darlington County Social Workers to provide Christmas presents for disadvantaged children. Children are sponsored by faculty, staff, registered student organizations, students, parents and local community members.

Sponsors included:

  • CC199 Classes
  • Cheerleaders
  • Common Ground
  • Dance Department
  • Dance Elites
  • International Student Organization
  • Intramurals and Wellness
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Pause for Paws
  • Psi Chi
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Tomorrow's Teachers
  • Volleyball Team
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